Bohemian Barranco: What to do in a wonderful district
Whilst our very long extended stay in Lima, Barranco became one of our favourite spots. This beautiful, bohemian district of the city is full of life and colour. Riddled with hipster bars and cafes there is always somewhere exciting to eat and drink.
How to get there?
We were staying in Miraflores at Pariwana Hostel, asking at reception we were given great direction “firstly walk across to McDonalds on the roundabout, then one block down there is a huge bus stop. You can take bus 301 for 1.50 sol or one of the Red buses for 1 sol (red bus are better, it drops you right at the square), it takes about 5 minutes”.
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What to do?
Once you are in the main square there are a number of activities to do! Firstly just appreciate the beautiful old buildings. Next, take a walk around. Highlights include “The Bridge of Sighs” which connects the square to a nice park with great graffiti! Then stroll on down to the beach and take in the fresh sea breeze (maybe pick up an ice cream on the way).
Depending on the night, Barranco can offer a variety of activities. Tuesday night groups of BBoys meet and have amazing dance offs in the Square. Fridays are night markets and food trucks not to be missed and Saturday nights there is usually a free concert so grab a beer and give your ears some pleasure!
What to eat?
We have mentioned them before but Juanito’s bar is hard to skip, tasty sandwiches and cheap beer. What's not to love? Or Burrito Bar if you’re wanting a break from Peruvian food and some spice!
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Where to drink?
For me, La Noche is a winner, an old courthouse turned into a superchill bar. Or if you’re feeling a little more upper class head to Ayahuasca for a delicious cocktail.
Barranco is becoming more and more popular so the time to visit is now! before it becomes over touristic and loses all its charm!